Mughal-era mosque in Suryapet to be renovated

Conserving heritage: Government sanctions Rs 40 lakh for renovation of the 450-year-old Badi Masjid in Suryapet.

Suryapet: The 450-year-old Masjid-e-Sarai-Mir Alam, popularly known as Badi Masjid, in Suryapet town will be renovated at a cost of Rs 40 lakh, masjid committee officials said here on Saturday. The mosque was constructed during Mughal rule.

According to history, masjids were constructed in Choutuppal, Narketpally, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Munagala and Kodad by rulers when Mughal king Aurangzeb faced problem of non-availability of masjids for namaz. All these masjids, which are similar in structure, were named as Masjid-e-Sarai-Mir Alam. Aurangzeb performed namaz in Badi Masjid several times along with his soldiers. The Badi Masjid at Suryapet consists of 42 rooms which were meant to facilitate Aurangzeb and his soldiers to stay for short periods. An open well located on the premises of the mosque was meant to provide water in all seasons, say Muslim elders.

In Suryapet town, Masjid-e-Sarai-Mir Alam is located near District Library. Muslims perform ‘wudu’ at the open well on the premises of the mosque before going for namaz.

The masjid committee had requested the earlier governments for renovation of the historic masjid, but in vain. Though the then minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir in erstwhile Congress government promised to get funds sanctioned for renovation, the promise was not kept.

Speaking to Telangana Today, masjid committee secretary Jahangir said Minister for Power and SC Development G Jagadish Reddy had visited the masjid on their request. On seeing its condition, the Minister took the initiative to protect and renovate Badi Masjid by sanctioning Rs 40 lakh. The Minister would soon lay foundation stone for the works, he added.